ANYTIME BUT NOW


SHIXUAN ZHU
&
YIXUAN WANG


From Innovation&Service studio

Email: 
ShixuanZhu0306@outlook.com
wangyixuan2019uk@163.com

Ins: @anytimebutnow_




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Based on the content we have designed, There will be private, engaged and energetic death talks hosted each day during the exhibition week. If you want to join in the TAD(Talk About Death) in person, please check the timetable and book the free ticket through the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tad-talk-about-death-tickets-226437630047. Looking forward to see you!



Our project is about designing the process of having death conversation in various situation.

The concerns and fears to talking about death may seem reasonable and understandable, but are they really the truth? Can we really avoid fear, cause hatred, or distance ourselves from harm by avoiding talking about something that is bound to happen and for which we are not prepared?

Basically, the more mindful we are of our own death, the less fear and anxiety it will give us. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be enacted when we’re sick or elderly; it is a skill that can be cultivated when we are young and healthy. There is always something to be gained by engaging in death talk, it is an opportunity in front of us, to bring attention and creativity to the experience of dying, to rethink and redesign how it is we die.

So we started to host talks about death, we called them TAD (Talk About Death). We invited friends and people around us to attend them. Based on our talk about death topic, we continued to experiment with different situations and elements, observe and receive feedback, and apply them to the next design. We have refined each design in this situated design approach to make our activities more participatory and to make this 'difficult topic' more natural, comfortable and interesting.




We try to make the conversation situation easier and atmospheric, and make the events interesting and dynamic. These TADs have had some very successful times and some difficult moments, but either way, the participants got something out of it, like a reflection on death. We appreciate it. Our efforts to make dying into something more personal and less foreign—something that can be discussed openly in the regular course of life. Something that can be the province of familiar places and loving communities rather than of unknown experts and strange facilities.




The sessions in TAD usually focus on these four themes:

End-of-life choices - To rethink and redesign how it is when we die
Afterlife - To explore the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the individual.
The relationship between us and people related to us - To convey the opinion of the ever-present possibility of loss in life itself, and think about the affective practice enabling us to process loss.
The choices about living - To consider the priority in our life.




There are tears and hard questions, the things that are usually only witnessed through real closeness with the dying, where we have distance and fear. But that doesn’t have to be the case, and the first, most essential step toward

changing the way that people deal with death is a simple one: “Talk about it.”